ALIAS Founder and Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers earned both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. As ALIAS’ artistic leader, as well as a violinist, she has collaborated with the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Symphony, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and others, to add to the vitality of Nashville’s classical music scene. Previously, Zeneba served as concertmaster of the Charleston Spoleto Festival, Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto, Italy), and the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. She currently holds the position of Assistant Principal Second Violinist with the Nashville Symphony.
Georgeann Burns has devoted her career to working on healthcare facility projects. Her projects have ranged from research studies for the VA to master plans for leading academic medical centers. She has worked with national and international design firms and led two consulting firms focused on healthcare planning and programming prior to HFPP.
Working on projects throughout the United States and overseas, Ms. Burns has expertise in community hospitals, specialty institutions (pediatric, facilities for aging and behavioral health), and ambulatory care centers. With a growing interest in Lean principles and their application to both healthcare delivery and the process of project delivery, she established Health Facilities Planning Partners, LLC, to provide innovative master planning, planning and programming services.
Chris Farris joined ALIAS through a class on board service through Hands On Nashville. He has prior knowledge of nonprofits from serving with a large nonprofit in Michigan as Director and Operations Manager of the organization. He is currently a Senior Consultant at C3 Consulting in Nashville where he leads large scale installations or upgrades of network infrastructure, telecommunications systems, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems and Corporate Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Plans. He has experience in all phases of needs evaluation, proposal development, budgeting, planning and procurement. He has become a member of the Marketing Committee for ALIAS.
Lisa Headley spent her career as a chemist, working in the automotive, drug testing, and coating industries and, most recently, for TestAmerica, the leading environmental testing laboratory in the United States. She has a B.S. from Bucknell University, a Ph. D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Akron, and an MBA from Belmont University. She studied piano for many years and was a member of various choirs throughout high school and college. Before moving from Ohio to the Nashville area 22 years ago, she was the organizer of several food co-operative local buying clubs. Having retired in 2011, she now spends time on vegetable gardening, cooking, a variety of fitness activities, and as a community volunteer, working with ALIAS, Brentwood Public Library, Williamson County Master Gardeners, and the American Red Cross. She has been a follower of ALIAS since 2003.
Kathy Masulis, born and raised in Chicago, has lived in Nashville for the past 22 years. She studied English Lit in college and has a master’s degree in religious education from Loyola University in New Orleans. Kathy has extensive experience in volunteer training and management and since 1997 has been Executive Director of Better Decisions, a local nonprofit organization that trains community volunteers to mentor inmates at the TN Prison for Women. For many years, Kathy held several offices on the board of Penuel Ridge Retreat Center in Ashland City. She now focuses her energy on ALIAS and Edgehill UMC, where she serves as the volunteer Financial Secretary and assists with Room in the Inn.
William K. Norton is an associate with the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. He is a member of the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Technology and Emerging Company Groups. Will has advised many companies with formation, fundraising, intellectual property, regulatory compliance and other general business planning and technology issues.
Will has been involved with the arts nearly his entire life. He started playing the violin at age two and started singing soon after that. Will was a member of a number of orchestras and choral groups through high school. In college he was a founding member of the university’s first independent a cappella group. The group recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and Will helped form and continues to serve as a board member of the group’s non-profit alumni association, which helped organize the tenth anniversary celebration. Will has also played the piano and guitar and recently started taking lessons to learn the mandolin.
In law school Will was a founding member and president of Students for Free Culture, a student-run non-profit dedicated to educating students and local artists on the impact of intellectual property on artistic works and innvoation.
Since moving to Nashville, Will provides pro bono legal service through with a number of organizations. He regularly volunteers with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and helps coordinate the indigent pro bono clinic at Room in the Inn. Will has also worked with a number of artists on corporate governance and intellectual property issues through the Volunteer Lawyers and Professional for the Arts.
Will graduated from the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in mathematics and computer science. He attended law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law where he focused on Internet issues and cyberlaw, graduating with a concentration in space and telecommunications law.
Born on the East Coast, Jade spent most of her youth in Manhattan and Los Angeles. She was acting, modeling and had produced a TV special when she met the love of her life in ’81 and moved to Nashville, TN. and never looked back.
She started her own manufacturing company in the late 80′s, and stayed in the business of hand painted children’s furniture and art until 2010. Jade decided she wanted to do art full time and retired from the furniture business. With her design skills and knowledge of mfg. and gift design, she has been successful in licensing her art for other companies and designing new product for them. She has had art agents for several years and will now have the time to devote to their design needs and fine art for galleries and reproduction.
Jade has never had formal training, but has been earning money with her art and honing her skills since she was in her teens. She has been very successful with her children’s art, working with publishers the past few years and will continue that using the great contacts and relationships she has developed in that industry.
Jade lives just north of Nashville, with her husband Ron “Snake” Reynolds, her dog, 2 adorable cats, two rabbits and 2 miniature horses.
All her life she has been told by friends and family she should do art full time. Now she is thrilled to say, she can.
2010 Recipient of the U.S Small Business Administration “Women In Business Advocate of the Year Award”
For the last 7 years, Loraine Segovia-Paz has worked tirelessly to encourage the understanding of diversity in business and community and the economic importance of our multicultural populations. It was due to her work that she become not only a business leader but an advocate for Latinos and businesses through her involvement as a member of the board of directors of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Loraine is a leader in connecting to the growing and widely diverse population of Tennessee. In 2003 she founded Hispanic Paper and began publishing Spanish language educational content as a vehicle to foster effective communication with the fast growing population of Hispanics in Tennessee.
Loraine Segovia Paz’s vision for more integrated community growth and print news media as an educational tool, was the driving force behind Hispanic Paper, a local coverage business and cultural publication that helped connect Latinos in Tennessee.
While building Hispanic Paper Loraine Segovia-Paz has been an advocate of public service. She is recipient of the 2008 Hispanic Heritage Outstanding Leadership and Service Award and the recipient of the SBA Business Advocate Recognition in 2007. Loraine has devoted her career to bring a voice to Latino leadership, especially Latino Women entrepreneurs.
As a Vice-Chair of Education and Business Literacy initiatives for the NAHCC – whose mission is to empower Latinas through education, leadership development and community service, she has developed a Latina Leaders training program and with the support of the NAHCC and corporate partners, implemented the only of its kind, in her market, annual recognition program honoring leaders in the Latina community.
Loraine’s advocacy, commitment and passion to bring awareness and education to under served demographics, led the way to forming partnerships with a variety of organizations in business, health, education and arts and culture. Loraine Segovia-Paz served on the Board of Directors of the Comprehensive Care Center a leading in the nation research and treatment center. She also serves on the regional board of directors for the American Red Cross and is actively involved in the developing and strengthening of networks of Latina leaders in education, public health and business. Also currently serving as one of the seventeen volunteer commisioners of the Metro Human Relations Commision in Nashville.
Loraine Segovia Paz was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2006, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to foster business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation in Tennessee. The work of the NAHCC supports educational causes, the empowerment Latino businesses and facilitates entrepreneurship opportunities through the engagement of companies and influential leaders in the business community. The NAHCC Board is devoted to develop the next generation of Hispanic leaders with educational programs targeting an estimated population of 90,000 Hispanics on an annual basis.
Other awards and honors include the Outstanding Leadership and Service Award from the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for advancing support to the work of the organization by facilitating its participation in a national level as well as recruit and engage a great number of Hispanic women business leaders to help increase the diversity of the NAHCC membership.
Loraine Segovia-Paz has worked in multiple Hispanic outreach and business projects building valuable partnerships with respected institutions such as the Belcourt Theater Foundation, Nashville, Scarritt Bennett Center, American Red Cross and All About Women to list a few.
Loraine studied accounting at the University of Cochabamba in Bolivia and has attended the Mini MBA program at the Center for the Executive Educatiom of Belmont University in 2012. She is currently involved in the creation of the first Minority Business Procurement Training class with the support of the NAHCC and key corporate partners. Early in 2009 Loraine Segovia-Paz initiated the process of constituting the Hispanic Chamber Public Benefit Foundation of Tennessee to foster education, Hispanic arts and culture, scholarships for high school students and further the professional development, opportunities and prosperity of our growing Hispanic community. On 2011, Segovia attended the Mendoza School of Business at University of Notre Dame’s Non Profit Executive Program through a partnership between the University and the USHCC Foundation.
Richard Stone is a Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager. He joins the Avenue family with 13 years of commercial banking experience. Richard is a Blue Raider, having earned his BBA and a MA from Middle Tennessee State University. During his time there, he earned degrees in Marketing and Financial Economics. Richard also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and has previously volunteered as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where he was named “Big Brother of the Year” in 2002. In his free time, he enjoys fitness, golf, reading and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Tara and two children reside in Rutherford County.
Richard has also served and volunteered in various capacities with numerous other nonprofit organizations including the following organizations:
- Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Development Council for 4 years and was a founding member.
- Jesse C. Beesley Humane Foundation as treasurer, then president for 5 years.
- Murfreesboro Noon Rotary and Smyrna Noon Rotary as a member for approximately 7 years.
Born and raised in a different “Music City” (New Orleans), David and his family have lived in the Nashville area since 1999. His education balances out with both a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration. Career-wise, David is in healthcare administration where he currently sits as the Responsible Executive for Clinical Research at Hospital Corporation of America. In his career, David has been involved with several national and international boards and initiatives earning him many accolades in the industry including being a former chair of the non-profit Association of Clinical Research Professionals where his impact can still be felt today.
Despite a busy career, David and his family remain active in their local community. David has been on several community organizations/boards pertaining to youth sports and catholic scouting. With his wife, he created the Vulcano Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, as a venue for giving money to organizations that help improve lives other than their own. He also volunteers for many community non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, Nashville Rescue Mission, Make-A-Wish Foundation and other community organizations. He is also a citizen graduate of both the Brentwood Citizens Police Academy and the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Academy and a founding contributor to the Williamson 100. Finally, David is the current president of the Nashville Chapter of the Angel Capital Group which funds and mentors startup companies- to which his work earned him the title of Angel of the Year by Angel Investing magazine.
Although David remains a trumpet player by heart, his musical performances are currently lived vicariously through his two teenaged children; his son who is a percussionist and his daughter who is a voice, dance and theater performer.
Cellist Matt Walker was a founding member of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble; he became the group’s Executive Director in summer of 2009, and served in this position for two years. A cellist with the Nashville Symphony since 1999, Matt has played with the Jacksonville Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and on his own recordings. Additionally, he has appeared on ALIAS concerts playing bass and guitar, and he is also a composer whose own works have been performed in the UK as well as locally and nationwide.
With a multi-platinum album for his contribution to Dirty Dancing, an Emmy nomination for a wildlife documentary score, more than a dozen television themes, and music for more than two dozen movies for both the big screen and TV to his credit, composer Stacy Widelitz has built up an impressive resumé. Stacy first came to prominence with the song “She’s Like the Wind,” co-written with Patrick Swayze and featured in Swayze’s blockbuster Dirty Dancing. Featured on the movie’s wildly successful soundtrack, which sold 11 million copies in the United States alone, it was the third single to be released and reached no. 3 on Billboard’s top-40 chart (no. 1 among adult-contemporary radio listeners). He also received two BMI awards for the tune as among the most-performed songs of that year. He has scored features, more than twenty made-for-TV movies, written the end-title song for Disney’s Pocahontas II, and has received four Gold Addies for music he composed for advertising. Stacy wrote the title song and scored all the episodes of Children’s Television Workshop’s acclaimed animated series Cro, and has worked with directors such as Todd Holland, Waris Hussein and James Contner. Stacy also composed the score and much of the dance music for the film One Last Dance, which garnered him a Best Music Award at the Nashville Film Festival. Subsequently, Stacy was asked to join the board of the festival, and eventually served two terms as president. He has had songs recorded by Buddy Jewell, Ronnie Milsap, Tammy Cochran and Tracy Lawrence, among others. He has also worked with many noted musicians, such as Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Edgar Winter and Danny Wilde (The Rembrandts). Stacy is noted for his diversity, being as comfortable in front of an orchestra as he is in the state-of-the-art digital studio he maintains at his home.
Ron York, reared in Nashville, graduated with a B.S. in Business and minors in voice and piano from Belmont University. After attending O’More College of Design, he began a successful and award-winning interior design career for more than 20 years, with projects throughout the southeast. He opened his first retail business, The Mistletoe Christmas Shop & Florist, in 1979. However, he closed it in 1990 when he opened Local Color Gallery, as an art source for his design clients. His gallery won numerous “Best Of” awards during the 15 years he was owner. In 2005, he sold the gallery to pursue his own art, something he began within the first year of owning a gallery. As a self-taught artist, York’s works have been featured in numerous exhibits, charity events and galleries. His paintings can be found in the collections of Tom Collins Productions, Pinnacle Bank, Le Boheur Children’s Hospital, First Baptist Church, Belmont University, Nashville City Club, along with many private collections throughout the United States and abroad. In 2011, York opened another gallery, York & Friends Fine Art, representing 45 local and regional artists, with locations in Nashville and Memphis.
York has been involved with the annual Alias event, Arts & Flowers, from the beginning and served as the 2012 co-chair.